A 7-year-old girl lapses into a coma and the detectives investigate the members of her family to determine who's responsible for the abuse.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie McKenna (as Jennifer Dundas Lowe)
Denny Corea
Paul Michael Valley ...
Randall McKenna
Jean De Baer ...
Lois Huntington (as Jean DeBaer)
Kevin Gray ...
Henry Abidin
Justin McKenna
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A 7-year-old girl lapses into a coma and the detectives investigate the members of her family to determine who's responsible for the abuse.

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10 November 2000 (USA)  »

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The story Munch reads to the comatose little girl at the end of the episode is "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Doctor Seuss. See more »


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Olivia Benson: [Olivia goes up to the roof of the police station at night to find Munch standing at the ledge of the building] It's good work, John... took a chance with that bluff about Emily coming out of her coma. I'm not sure what we would have done if Jamie had pressed to see her...
John Munch: [snapping] She didn't care about the kids!
Olivia Benson: ...How did you know...?
John Munch: We searched her house I looked at that four-year-old
[referring to the little boy who'd been watching Munch in the hallway during the home's investigation]
John Munch: it ...
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Some family life
5 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A mother tries to awaken her little daughter and finds she's in a coma. Before this episode is over three people are seriously injured and another is on his way to jail for beating up on one of those. This little girl has some family life.

The mother is Jennifer Dundas and she and her family provide an extensive list of suspects. She's the privileged daughter of the widow of a US Ambassador played by Jean DeBoer and this woman is to the manor born. Dundas however was a wild child and while in rehab met and married Yancey Arias who is a Cuban refugee, a short order cook and he's the little girl's father. Arias has quite the temper.

Her current husband Paul Michael Valley is closer to her social standing and he has a son Adam Zolotin from a previous marriage. Dundas also has a son with Valley who is a little too young to make the suspect list. He does have a sullen countenance when we first meet him. This episode is one of the better packed SVU shows with red herrings.

J.K. Simmons the eminent Dr. Emil Skoda provides us the key and it is Richard Belzer who opens up the perpetrator with it. I agree with the previous reviewer, this one is Belzer's episode.

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